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  1. In November 2023, the Reserve Bank of India (RBI) barred ___________ (company) from sanctioning and disbursing loans under its eCOM and Insta EMI Card products.
    1) Aditya Birla Finance Limited
    2) Mahindra & Mahindra Financial Services Limited
    3) Bajaj Finance Limited
    4) Muthoot Finance Limited
    5) Tata Capital Financial Services Limited
    Answer-3) Bajaj Finance Limited
    On  November 15, 2023, the Reserve Bank of India (RBI) exercise of its powers under section 45L(1)(b) of the RBI Act, 1934 barred Bajaj Finance Limited from sanctioning and disbursing loans under its two lending products viz. eCOM and Bajaj Insta EMI Card, with immediate effect.
    i. The reason behind this action is the non-adherence of Digital lending guidelines of RBI by the company, specifically by not providing Key Fact Statements to borrowers for two lending products.
     Additionally, Bajaj Finance will rectify the key fact statement for eCOM and Insta EMI Card.
    ii. RBI restrictions on lending via the eCOM and Bajaj Insta EMI Card will not have a “material financial impact” on the organisation.
    Note- RBI returned Mastercard-backed fintech Instamojo‘s application for a payment aggregator (PA) license amid not meeting the eligibility criteria. Instamojo is based in Bengaluru, Karnataka.
     The aggregator/ payouts function will now be undertaken in partnership with other licensed PAs while its payment gateway continues to be fully functional.

  2. Name the bank that has recently (in Nov ‘23) launched two Digital Gold Loan schemes for the retail segment and agriculture segment.
    1) Bank of Maharashtra
    2) Union Bank of India
    3) Canara Bank
    4) Indian Bank
    5) Punjab National Bank
    Answer-5) Punjab National Bank
    Punjab National Bank (PNB) launched two PNB Digital Gold Loan schemes namely PNB Gold Loan for the retail segment and PNB Swarnim for the agriculture segment.
    i. The schemes aim to provide customers with hassle-free access to credit to meet their personal and agricultural needs by using gold jewellery as collateral for the loan.
    ii. The Streamlined digital process eliminating paperwork hassles is one of the key features of this Digital scheme.
     PNB Digital Gold Loan offers a modern banking experience with competitive interest rates.
     The schemes offer loans ranging from Rs 25,000 to Rs 25 lakhs to support personal needs, and agriculture & allied activities.
     Borrowers seeking short-term production or investment credit for agricultural activities and allied activities are eligible for loans of minimum Rs 10,000 to maximum Rs 2 lakh.

  3. Which Financial Institution/Regulatory Body of India has recently (in Nov  ‘23) signed an MoU with Technology Development Board (TDB) to ease access of credit to MSME?
    1) Reserve Bank of India
    2) Small Industries Development Bank of India
    3) National Bank for Agriculture and Rural Development
    4) Export – Import Bank of India
    5) Securities and Exchange Board of India
    Answer-2) Small Industries Development Bank of India
    The Small Industries Development Bank of India (SIDBI) has signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with Technology Development Board (TDB) to ease access of credit to Micro, Small & Medium Enterprises (MSMEs) that are attempting to develop and commercialise indigenous technology or adapt imported technology for wider domestic applications.
     The MoU was executed by Rahul Priyadarshi, Chief General Manager, SIDBI and Rajesh Jain, Director, TDB.
     The MoU is signed for the joint initiative by TDB and SIDBI, to extend financial assistance to eligible MSMEs as per the terms & conditions of TDB & SIDBI.
     Under this MoU, SIDBI and TDB will support MSMEs with respective core-competencies/expertise.

  4. Who has been recently (in Nov ‘23) named for the ‘Gansamragini Lata Mangeshkar Award’ for the year 2023 by the Government of Maharashtra?
    1) Sadhana Sargam
    2) Ananya Wadkar
    3) Anuradha Paudwal
    4) Suresh Ishwar Wadkar
    5) Kavita Krishnamurthy
    Answer-4) Suresh Ishwar Wadkar
    Government of Maharashtra honoured veteran playback singer and Padma Shri awardee Suresh Ishwar Wadkar with prestigious ‘Gansamragini Lata Mangeshkar Award’ also known as Lata Mangeshkar Award for the year 2023.
     The Lata Mangeshkar Award is an annual award given by the Directorate of Cultural Affairs of the Maharashtra Government in memory of the legendary playback singer Lata Mangeshkar.
     Suresh Wadkar was honoured with the Padma Shri for his work in the field of arts in 2020.
     He was awarded the Sangeet Natak Akademi Award in 2018 for Sugam Sangeet.
     He won a National Award in 2010 for the Best Male Playback Singer category for the song ‘Hey Bhaskara’ for the Marathi biopic Mee Sindhutai Sapkal (2010).

  5. In November 2023, Indian economist & Padma Shri awardee _________ and David Barkin from __________ (country) won the 2023 Kenneth E. Boulding Memorial Award for Ecological Economics.
    1) Bina Agarwal; Canada
    2) Shaibal Gupta; Brazil
    3) Bina Agarwal; Mexico
    4) Shaibal Gupta; Canada
    5) Amiya Kumar Bagchi; Mexico
    Answer-3) Bina Agarwal; Mexico
    The International Society for Ecological Economics (ISEE) honoured Indian economist & Padma Shri awardee Bina Agarwal with the 2023 Kenneth E. Boulding Memorial Award for Ecological Economics.
     Bina Agarwal is a Professor of Development Economics and Environment at the University of Manchester in Manchester, United Kingdom(UK).
     Along with Bina Agarwal, David Barkin, a professor at the Metropolitan University in Mexico City was declared as the joint recipient of the 2023 award.
     The award was presented during the IESS’s 2023 Biennial Conference in Santa Marta, Colombia held from 23 to 28 October 2023.
     Kenneth Boulding Award recognises individuals who embody the exceptional qualities of Kenneth E. Boulding(American economist and educator), aiming to preserve and perpetuate the wisdom he imparted to ISEE members and beyond.
    Note- Bina Agarwal received the Padma Shri, for her work in the field of Literature and Education in 2008.

  6. Which country has recently (in Nov ‘23) re-elected Pedro Sánchez as the Prime Minister (PM)?
    1) Norway
    2) Italy
    3) Belgium
    4) Spain
    5) Hungary
    Answer-4) Spain
    On 16th November 2023, Pedro Sánchez of the Spanish Socialist Workers’ Party(Spanish acronym: PSOE) was re-elected as the Prime Minister (PM) of Spain, officially President of the Government of Spain.He was elected for the 2nd term with a majority in the Spanish parliament. He got 179 votes in the 350-seat lower house of the Parliament.
     He has been serving as the Acting PM of Spain since 25th July 2023.
     He served as the PM of Spain/President of the Government of Spain from 2018 to 2023.
     In July 2023, he was appointed as the caretaker Prime Minister after no party got a majority in the general election held on 23rd July 2023.
     PSOE finished second with 121 seats while the centre-right Popular Party (PP) finished first with 137 seats but fell short of the majority to form government.

  7. Name the 4th Anti-Submarine Warfare Shallow Water Crafts (ASW-SWC) that was launched by the Indian Navy (IN) in Kattupalli, Chennai, Tamil Nadu.
    1) Androth
    2) Abhay
    3) Amini
    4) Anjadip
    5) Andaman
    Answer-3) Amini
    On November 16, 2023, the Indian Navy (IN) launched ‘Amini‘, the 4th in a series of eight Anti-Submarine Warfare Shallow Water Crafts (ASW-SWC), at shipbuilding facility of Larsen & Toubro (L&T) in Kattupalli, Chennai, Tamil Nadu.
     It is built by Garden Reach Shipbuilders and Engineers Limited (GRSE).
    i. Features:
     Amini, a Arnala class ship, is named after Amini island in Lakshadweep due to its strategic significance.
     It is designed for anti-submarine operations in coastal waters and low intensity maritime operations (LIMO), and mine laying operations.
     It is a 77-meter ship with a 900-ton displacement, capable of reaching a maximum speed of 25 knots and covering 1,800 nautical miles.
    Note- The contract for building eight ASW SWC ships was signed between the Ministry of Defence (MoD) and GRSE on April 29, 2019.
     As a part of contract, on June 13, 2023, INS (Indian Naval Ship) Anjadip, the 3rd of eight indigenously built ASW-SWC was launched.
     The first ASW-SWC namely INS Arnala was launched in December 2022 while the second one INS Androth was launched on March 21, 2023.

  8. In November 2023, Padmanabha Balakrishna Acharya, former Governor of __________ (state) in the period of July 2014 – July 2019, passed away.
    1) Meghalaya
    2) Nagaland
    3) Sikkim
    4) Odisha
    5) West Bengal
    Answer-2) Nagaland
    Padmanabha Balakrishna Acharya (PB Acharya or PB), former Governor of Nagaland(July 2014 – July 2019) and Veteran Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) leader, passed away in Mumbai, Maharashtra, at the age of 92. He was born on 8th October 1931, in Udupi, Karnataka.
    Note- While serving as the governor of Nagaland, he has also held the additional charge as the governor of Tripura(2014-2015), Assam(2014-2016), Manipur (2019) and Arunachal Pradesh(2017).
     He served as All India National Secretary of the BJP and in-charge of North Eastern States from 1995-2002.
     He founded Indian National Fellowship Centre (INFC), a Non-Government Organisation (NGO) in 1975, to strengthen brotherhood/fellowship and Nationalism in the NorthEast region.

  9. Who authored the book, Building Partnerships – India and International Cooperation for Maritime Security that was released by Jagdeep Dhankhar, the Vice President (VP) of India in November 2023?
    1) Captain Rakesh Pal
    2) Captain MV Pathak
    3) Captain Ajay Mishra
    4) Captain Neeraj Tiwari
    5) Captain Himadri Das
    Answer-5) Captain Himadri Das
    Jagdeep Dhankhar, the Vice President(VP) of India released a new book titled “Building Partnerships – India and International Cooperation for Maritime Security” authored by Captain Himadri Das during the Indo-Pacific Regional Dialogue 2023 (IPRD-2023) at Manekshaw Centre in New Delhi, Delhi.
    i. IPDR 2023, the 3-day annual apex-level regional strategic dialogue of the Indian Navy, was held from 15th to 17th November 2023.
    ii. During IPRD-2023, Union Minister Nirmala Sitharaman, Ministry of Finance, released an edited volume titled “Maritime Perspectives: Maritime Security Dynamics in the Indo-Pacific: Strategies and Trends”.

  10. When was the National Epilepsy Day 2023 observed across India?
    1) 17th November 2023
    2) 16th November 2023
    3) 15th November 2023
    4) 14th November 2023
    5) 13th November 2023
    Answer-1) 17th November 2023
    National Epilepsy Day 2023 was observed across India on 17th November 2023 to spread awareness and educate people about Epilepsy, a neurological disorder characterized by recurrent seizures, and its impact on individuals, families, and communities who are affected by this disease.
     The day serves as a platform to eliminate myths and misconceptions surrounding epilepsy while creating awareness about its symptoms and management.
     Purple is the colour of Epilepsy and the Symbol of Epilepsy is the Purple Ribbon. The Purple Ribbon also represents Pancreatic cancer.
    Note- Epilepsy is a chronic Non-Communicable Disease (NCD) of the brain that affects people of all ages.